According to Wikipedia A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit.  While this is fresh on our minds from just recently ringing in the New Year of 2013 we thought it would be a great idea to start the conversation of fresh starts and new goals in your ministries!

While I am sure this is not a complete list I hope this can be helpful to you in rethinking why and how you do what you do!

1.)    Evaluation is key– you have to know where you are at in order to know where you are going! Make it a point to schedule regular observe-only Sundays. A day where you are not required to be in any one position and you can observe! How is your check in experience for families? What is the Nursery policy and procedure for changing a diaper or paging a family? How are your small group leaders connecting with their kids? Grab a notepad or iPad and GO!
2.)    Clear guidelines and expectations –It’s never a bad idea to have a rules and guidelines reference somewhere in your environment.  My favorite rule was respect! You can even sing a little Aretha Franklin if you wish! Some things to think through: do your kids know what to do when they arrive? Do they know what behavior is not tolerated? Do you have a system in place to deal with a problem when it arises? Do your leaders know what is expected of them? Perhaps its time to revamp your job descriptions and have a one on one over coffee. Hurry before all the delightful holiday drinks disappear.
3.)    Positive reinforcement – What is your reward system for your children when they are exceeding your expectations? Memorizing their monthly scripture verses, bring their Bible or a new friend, being caught living out the life app, completing their God Time Cards!   Many churches do a dollar system or ticket system good for prizes and these help to keep things flowing smoothly!  Have you thought about this?
4.)    Intentional Prayer time– John 15:5 says  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Make it a priority this year to carve out some space for intentional prayer!  Sometimes we can get so busy checking off our to do’s that we lose sight of who is ultimately in charge! Add Prayer on your Sunday morning line up! For some ideas, check out the “For Leaders Only“ section and the side notes on the PDF lessons in the curriculum! Also make sure you are having a regular worship time with GOD, you need to be in church and you need to be seen in church!
5.)    Partnering with Parents– Put safety first. Do your parents feel safe when they are leaving their children in your environments? This is a great time to make sure each volunteer has had his or her background checks done. Need a reference try ACCUFAX-US.COM. You might be thinking about partnering with parents for the first time or perhaps you can take this up a notch. We all agree that what happens at home is more important then what happens at church. How are you being intentional in equipping your parents to win at home? For ideas, check out your training tab in the curriculum downloads section or call your Orange Specialist today to learn more about the ways we can help you achieve this!

Hopefully this has gotten your wheels turning a bit on what a fresh start might look like in your ministries this year!  We would love to hear what your goals are as you begin your 2013!  Thankful for all of you investing in the next generation! You are so important and are doing great things! LEAD ON!